Master of Science in Health Communication

Sue Gallagher, MPH

Sue Gallagher, Director for MS Health Communication Program

The Master of Science in Health Communication provides students with a solid foundation in the science, theory, and practice of effective health communication in a population-based environment, as well as the basic elements of medicine, epidemiology and public health practice. Students learn to develop, deliver, and evaluate effective health promotion and disease prevention programs and campaigns; to disseminate health information; and to develop, formulate, implement, and advocate for health policy initiatives. The program addresses the full continuum of health communication interactions, ranging from one-on-one, such as patient-provider dialogue, to mass communication. Within the program, a public health approach to communication is emphasized.

Graduates receive the skills and knowledge to assume a range of roles in diverse settings: biotech firms, federal agencies, foundations, health departments, hospitals, non profits and publishing companies. The program places a heavy emphasis on "hands-on" applied learning, with each student expected to complete an advanced level applied learning project in order to graduate. The career infographic below provides examples of the kinds of jobs our graduates have held. For more information on employment opportunities, responsibilities, and choices, email Sue directly at

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Xin Lu, MS '10
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